The Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme monitors conditions in police custody to provide transparency and increase public confidence in police services while offering protection and confidentiality to detainees and the police.
An ICV visits police stations to inspect the upholding of detainee rights, wellbeing and health as well as auditing the condition of custody suites.
Hertfordshire has two custody suites situated in Hatfield and Stevenage.
ICVs are scheduled to visit unannounced in pairs twice a week, during the day or night, seven days a week.
Each volunteer is expected to carry out eight visits per annum (minimum of four visits) to designated police stations and attend twice-yearly panel meetings to discuss key issues raised.
During the visit, ICVs complete a number of checks, speaking to both custody staff and detainees and file a report based on their findings.
ICVs undertake a comprehensive application process, consisting of an application form and interview.
All ICVs are vetted and fully trained on an on-going basis. there is also the opportunity to attend annual regional and some national conferences.
How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering.
If you care about the wellbeing and rights of people in custody.
If you can commit just a few hours per month around work or study.
Then we are always interested to hear from suitable individuals of all ages and backgrounds interested in becoming an Independent Custody Visitor.
Please read through the information leaflet, job description and person specification documents below and if you feel you match the visitor profile, complete an application form, sign and return it to the address below. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Send completed forms to: ICV Administrator Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire Harpenden Police Station 15 Vaughan Road Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 4GZ
In order to remain independent visitors must have no direct involvement in the criminal justice system. Magistrates, serving police officers, special constables and probation officers are not allowed to become visitors.
Other professions may also be excluded.Visitors are also asked to declare any previous criminal convictions. However, a conviction does not mean an automatic disqualification from becoming a visitor. Each application is considered on a case by case basis.